Vancouver Grizzlies Basketball History Top 5 PlayersSeptember 4, 2011 • By Jason Green
Let’s take a look at my Top 5 Grizzlies Basketball Players of All Time!
The list of the best 5 Grizzlies players while in Vancouver is not a who’s who of hoops stars since they were only north of the border for 6 seasons before relocating to Memphis, but there are solid players that donned a Griz uniform during that time.
Shareef Abdur-Rahim has to be on the top of the list putting up solid numbers in his 5 seasons in Vancouver and was a total All Star snub in 2001 when he averaged 20.3 ppg and 10.1 rpg in that season. He averaged over 20 ppg in all but his rookie season when he averaged 18.7 ppg and 6.9 rpg and was selected to the All NBA Rookie First Team.
Mike Bibby did not put up sick stats while in Vancouver, but was the 2nd draft pick in the 1998 draft and made the All Rookie first team that season. In the last season in Vancouver Bibby averaged 15.9 ppg, 8.4 assists per game and 3.7 rpg. Not a bad stint in Vancouver, but he really flourished in Sacramento, as he was signed by the Kings and did not follow the Griz to Memphis.
Bryant Reeves only played for 6 seasons in the NBA, but his career started out solid averaging 13.3 ppg and 7.4 rpg in his rookie season making the All Rookie 2nd team. Reeves was the first ever draft pick by the Grizzlies and his best seasons were in 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 when he averaged over 16 ppg and around 8 rpg.
Michael Dickerson only played 2 seasons for the Grizzlies, but in both he averaged over 16 ppg. The 1999-2000 season was his best in the NBA when he averaged 18.2 ppg and shot over 40% from behind the 3-point arc.
Hard to find a #5 on this list, but may have to go with a couple of guys who only played a season with Vancouver in Anthony Peeler and Otis Thorpe.
Both averaged in double figures and Thorpe was a solid guy on the boards.